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A looping beep

My computer crashed and hasn't recovered. When I power it up, it fails to post. A long beep that repeats itself is all that I?m left with. Things I've done to diagnose: Removed RAM Replaced Ram with New Tested Ram (passed) Removed and reseated Video Card Pressed all visible chips Changed power supply Thanx

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  • jdspeer Aug 28, 2007

    Thank you very much for your quick response.
    I've detached all power leds and ribbon cables, same results.
    I've replaced the CPU with one from an exact model with no luck.
    I don't know what to think because the motherboard beeps, which make me, think it's something else.


  • jdspeer Aug 29, 2007

    it's a sony all in one computer model
    pcv-v110g. replacing the video for me would be impossible.


  • jdspeer Aug 31, 2007

    By some strange luck I was able to get a MB & CPU @ Yard sale. ( go Figure) I replaced my old MB CPU and she turned on even faster than before.

    I really appreciate your intelligent and selfless input.




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Try disconnecting power to all your drives. It's possible one of the drives has a short that is bringing down the power supply (most power supplies will shut down if they sense a short, to avoid damaging your computer). If it's not that, it's either a bad video card (reseating obviously won't help if the card's damaged) or a bad motherboard or processor. If you have another machine you can borrow a video card out of, you can test that. Otherwise, you'll have to replace the motherboard and processor. Never replace just one of the two, as one can damage the other and it's not worth frying your new equipment by putting damaged hardware in.

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  • John Goodman Aug 29, 2007

    Have you tried replacing the video card?

  • John Goodman Aug 31, 2007

    And it doesn't get far enough to ever show anything on screen, right?

    You could try adding a video card. Most systems will automatically disable on board video if you have a video card installed. However, I think that's probably not the problem.

    It looks like you're going to need a new motherboard. The beep codes do not mean the motherboard is working - they're designed to work even when many parts of the board have failed (that is, to an extetnt, the entire point of them).

    What you could do to verify this, however, is move the memory, drives and any expansion cards over to another computer, and see if they work there. That will completely rule out problems with them.

    However, I strongly suggest against moving the processor. A bad processor can, and often does, damage a motherboard. If your motherboard is bad, it's likely the processor went bad and burnt out some connections on it. You don't want to damage your other system with the processor from this one.

  • John Goodman Aug 31, 2007

    I'm glad it helped.

    Though it doesn't have to be entirely selfless, you could give me a high rating for it. *hint* :-)

    Don't hesitate to ask again if you have any other questions, or contact me on the live chat.

  • ravkranthi
    ravkranthi Feb 07, 2013

    my sony vaio works for 1hr and then it gets power off suddenly.i gave it for repair to the concerned person he said some problem in IC so he ordered for new one and replaced it.then he said he wanna keep it for observation.the next day when i called up he says that it was on 8hrs but then after that again its getting switched off.he says now problem with the mother board and will replace it.after 2days when i have enquired about my laptop he says that its dead totally take a new one.i need my laptop back.please suggest something john



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When a computer is booted up its BIOS, it performs a power-on self test, also known as POST, to test and verify the computers hardware and to make sure all components are working properly. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to determine which component has failed on a particular beep code and give you an idea on where to start for troubleshooting.

The exact meaning of the beep codes depends on the type and version of BIOS that you have. The three most popular types of BIOS are those made by Award, American Megatrends (AMI) and Phoenix. If you are using a PC made by a company that writes its own BIOS, e.g. DELL, HP, etc, you will have to consult your PC user's manual or the company's web site for assistance.

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1 long, 2 short = Video adapter error

Troubleshooting: Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly.

Repeating (endless loop) = Memory error

Troubleshooting: Check for improperly seated or missing memory. Reseat the memory if you can.

1 long, 3 short = No video card or bad video RAM.

Troubleshooting: Reseat or replace the video card.

High frequency beeps while running = Overheated CPU

Troubleshooting: Check the CPU fan for proper operation. Check the case for proper air flow.

Repeating High/Low = CPU failure.Either the CPU is not seated properly or the CPU is damaged. May also be due to excess heat.

Troubleshooting: Check the CPU fan or BIOS settings for proper fan speed.

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